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Front Porch: Earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. today

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Emergency planners in Washington are asking people to "drop, cover and hold" for about a minute at 10:18 this morning for the 10-18 Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.
Organizers say 680,000 people have registered online to take part, either individually or through organizations such as school districts and government agencies.
Climbing under a desk and holding on is good practice for a quake and also an opportunity to learn about earthquake dangers and available resources.
For more information, go to
Want to be an urban farmer:
The Mountlake Terrace Library hosts a series of free classes by Seattle Tilth on city farming, starting Saturday. The lineup:
• "Backyard Chickens," Saturday
• "Introduction to Food Preservation," Oct. 27
• "Organic Gardening 101," Nov. 10
• "Choosing the Right Compost System for You," Nov. 17
All classes start at 2:30 p.m. Register online at or by calling 425-776-8722. The Mountlake Terrace Library is at 23300 58th Ave. W.
YouTube 101
Marysville Parks and Recreation offers a course on using YouTube from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ken Baxter Community Center, 514 Delta Ave.
Learn to use and understand the online video site and use it as a complement to other social media. Learn to create, edit and share videos with the world or just a few friends. The class is taught by blogger Sean Keeley.
Cost is $30. To register, call 360-363-8450 or at

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